Endings *said with dramatic flair*
So, wasn’t feeling super creative with the introduction, so I tossed in some jazz hands and called it a day. I’m tired, ok?
It has been a hot minute since I’ve written a discussion post. I’ve been very review-centric lately (shoutout to my mounding draft pile for that), so I’m feeling like spicing it up. Enter Let’s Talk Bookish. Let’s Talk Bookish is hosted by the Dani @ Literary Lion and Rukky @ Eternity Books.
As the title suggests, today we are going to chat about book endings. What makes a good ending? What makes a bad ending? What are some of my favorite endings in books?? Let’s hop right in!
My inner romantic wants to say that I like happy endings. But my inner cynic says that I like books that end with pain. Either one is fine by me.
Give me all the gooey happily ever after with sunshine and popsicles. Or render me so speechless that I have to sit under a blanket and stare at the page for 20 minutes as silent tears drip down my face. Pick one and commit. Do not pull punches.
Other than picking an emotion to appeal to and rolling with it, I don’t think I can make an umbrella statement for what makes a good ending. It is one of those situations where it depends on the book. Sometimes a bow ending makes sense, and sometimes killing off a main character makes sense. As long as there is the proper set up, I don’t mind. But I can most definitely tell you what sorts of endings I don’t like.
Up to your imagination endings… just, no. Give me answers please and thank you. I have spent the last several hours of my life getting invested in the plot and characters, but they don’t get a resolution??
Cliffhangers are alright, but cliffhangers in a standalone are the most evil little mongooses. All I’m asking for is a little closure.
I also struggle with bad plot twists with absolutely no set up. So we are just going to ignore the last 300 pages. No thank you.
Renegades by Marissa Meyer
shocking, dramatic, need. more. renegades.
A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer
I NEED ANSWERS NOW
Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
awww that is my heart—
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by VE Schwab
And that is the sound of my soul being destroyed wow wow wow
Winter by Marissa Meyer
They deserved their happy endings
Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, Tobias Iaconis
A bitter sweet ending that makes total sense for the story
Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco
I’m sorry but you can not go full 180 in the epilogue. Do not put a bandaid on the situation. No ma’am
All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban
no groundwork, all shock factor.
Faith Taking Flight by Julie Murphy
most of the book felt contemporary with a side of superhero. but then the end when full superhero and the vibes didn’t match
Endings can really make a break a book for me, but you never know which until, ya know, the end. And with closing remark, we are going to call this discussion a wrap!
What do you look for in an ending? What are some of your favorite endings? Least favorite??